Following the former Preds on free agency day….

The Nashville Predators organization may have signed two players today but three former Preds have changed addresses too.

Dan Hamhuis, who started the month of June in Nashville, has been a member of the Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Vancouver Canucks over the past couple of weeks. Hammer finally signed with the Canucks today in a six year deal worth $4.5 million per year. In other words, Shea Weber and Ryan Suter money. (Which leads to the question, what will the Predators have to pay Weber to keep him next summer? But, that’s another topic for another day.) Of all the defensemen that were signed on July 1, only Sergei Gonchar got more money per year than Hamhuis. The 36-year old Russian will get $5.5 million a season.

Pred Nation’s favorite back-up Dan Ellis found the best possible new home for his career. The Twitterer inked a two year deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning where he’ll reportedly compete for the starting job with Mike Smith. But really, Ellis should be the starter going into camp as Smith hasn’t exactly been stellar, posting a sub-par .900 save percentage and a pretty weak 3.09 goals against average last season.

It’ll be just like old times in the Tampa Bay crease. Smith and Ellis were teammates on the Iowa Stars back in 2005-06 and both were originally drafted by the Dallas Stars organization. Ellis was a second rounder in 2000 while Smith was a fifth rounder a year later.

Even former Predator goaltender Chris Mason was part of the free agent frenzy as he signed with the Atlanta Thrashers on Thursday. Atlanta is a good fit for Mason as he’ll be relied on to either split time with goalie-in-waiting Ondrej Pavelec or start the season as their starter until Pavelec is ready to take over.

Nashville did announce the signings of Swedish winger Jonas Andersson and defensive prospect Teemu Laakso but there’s still no word on Patric Hornqvist or Cody Franson putting pen to paper. Andersson’s contract is a one-way deal while Laakso’s allows him to be sent to the AHL affiliate Milwaukee Admirals.

2 Comments

  1. Lashanda Gale

    July 29, 2010 at 4:12 am

    I consider you’ve being a wonderful writer but you really generally put your personality inside your posts. You are have wonderful written but if it isn’t written properly people won’t continue to understand it. Jenny

    • Jeremy K. Gover

      July 29, 2010 at 8:21 am

      I appreciate you reading! And I appreciate your comments as well! You should know, however, that a blog is an opinion piece and not necessarily a news article in the traditional sense. Trust me, I struggled quite a bit (when we started) of only “reporting” news but than I was given some great advice by some readers. The advice: “People can go anywhere to get a straight news story. You need to give them a reason to read what YOU’VE written. So think of yourself as an editorial columnist who’s job is to give opinion and stir the pot, as opposed to a sports writer who can’t interject their opinion or view in their work.” So, the more I thought about it, those people were right and I try to give all of my blogs an angle and at least some opinion.

      Again, I truly appreciate your reading and I appreciate the comment. Hopefully that clears it up a little for you (and others).